2020 US Presidential Candidates on the Indo-Pacific

The 2020 Presidential Candidates on the Indo-Pacific resource highlights mentions of Indo-Pacific issues by US presidential candidates and nominees in speeches, campaign documents, and debates.

To view statements by President Trump prior to his June 18, 2019 declaration to seek a second term, as well as members of his Cabinet, visit The Trump Administration & US - Indo-Pacific Relations.

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Presidential Message to Congress Regarding the Notification of Initiation of United States–Japan Trade Agreement

"On October 16, 2018, my Administration notified the Congress that I intended to initiate trade negotiations with Japan on a United States-Japan Trade Agreement. As stated in that notification and subsequent consultations with the Congress, my Administration proposed pursuing negotiations with Japan in stages. I am pleased to report that my Administration has reached an initial trade agreement regarding tariff barriers (the “agreement”) with Japan and I intend to enter into the agreement in the coming weeks.

Accordingly, pursuant to section 103(a)(2) of the Bipartisan…

Remarks by President Trump and President Macron of France in Joint Press Conference - China and Japan

"Q Second to that, do you believe that China is sincere about what it said this morning?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yes.

Q Or do you think that they are just trying to calm the markets and play for time? Because our sister network, the Fox Business Network, has been told by Chinese sources that they have no plans on going back to where they were in terms of the negotiations this spring on intellectual property, forced technology transfer, ownership. So —

PRESIDENT TRUMP: We’ll see, John.

Remarks by President Trump and Chancellor Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany Before Bilateral Meeting - China and Japan

"Q Do you still believe that the EU treats the U.S. worse than China on trade, after your discussions?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I think the European Union — and I’ve said this openly; I say it with respect — I think they’re as tough as China. I really do. I think they’re very tough. The United States has been not treated particularly well over the years. And I’m not saying that as — it should have been the other way around, but it wasn’t. I congratulate…

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Johnson of the United Kingdom in Working Breakfast - China and Japan

"Q Mr. President, are your allies pressuring you to give up the trade war with China?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: No. Not at all. I haven’t heard that at all, no. I think they respect the trade war. It has to happen. China has been — I can only speak for the United States. I can’t say what they’ve been doing to the UK and to other places. But from the standpoint of the United States, what they’ve done is outrageous that Presidents and administrations allowed them…

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure - China and North Korea

"THE PRESIDENT: We’re going to France. We’re going to have a good few days. I think it will be very productive seeing a lot of the leaders, who are friends of mine, for the most part. I wouldn’t say in a hundred percent of the cases, but for the most part.

And I think we’re doing very well. Our economy is doing great.

We’re having a little spat with China, and we’ll win it. We put a lot of tariffs on China today, as you…

Remarks by President Trump on American Energy and Manufacturing - Japan and China

"Pennsylvania Steel raised the skyscrapers that built our cities. And, by the way, steel — steel was dead. Your business was dead. Okay? I don’t want to be overly crude. Your business was dead. And I put a little thing called “a 25 percent tariff” on all of the dumped steel all over the country. And now your business is thriving. Probably there’s few businesses that have gone proportionately up like steel and aluminum.We did it with aluminum, too. But they are doing well —…